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Friday, November 18, 2016

SchoolHouse: Equity in Education

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This week:  CJSF’s Allison R. Brown speaks with Dr. John H. Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, about the recent elections and what the new state of the world will be on January 20, 2017.

About the SchoolHouse: Equity in Education podcast:

SchoolHouse is a podcast created by the Communities for Just Schools Fund and hosted by Allison R. Brown. SchoolHouse shares stories about how young people, their families and communities, and other advocates and activists are working in and around schools to make them healthy, safe, and equitable places for children to be. In SchoolHouse, we will learn together about the global implications of local movements for change in our schools.

About CJSF:

The Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) is a nationally-focused donor collaborative. CJSF provides resources in support of community-led organizations that are working to ensure positive and supportive school climates that affirm and foster the success of all students. CJSF’s community partners organize young people, parents and caregivers, educators, and other community members to advocate on behalf of students who are disproportionately impacted by the over-use of exclusionary school discipline practices, including suspensions, expulsions, and arrests in schools. They organize community members to stand up for positive, healthy, and supportive school climates that produce better academic and social outcomes for the students who enroll than school climates with a heavy police presence, zero tolerance school discipline policies, and over-reliance on exclusionary discipline methods. CJSF’s community partners educate students, parents and caregivers, school officials and teachers, police departments, and community leaders on highly beneficial alternatives to suspension, expulsion, and school-based arrests. For more information, email us at and sign up for our newsletter at

About The Schott Foundation:

We believe that quality public education is a mainstay of our democracy. It provides not only a route out of poverty, but also the possibility to transform young lives. This conviction drives Schott’s grantmaking strategy, which seeks to create healthy living and learning communities and ensure fairness, opportunity and access to high quality public schools for all children.

Unfortunately, every day millions of children in the United States attend dilapidated public schools with overcrowded classrooms, outdated textbooks and materials, harsh discipline policies and limited access to quality teaching and wraparound supports like school nurses, college counselors and afterschool programs.

Schott supports an “Opportunity to Learn” frame for understanding education policy. This framework recognizes that to truly close achievement gaps, our nation must address underlying “opportunity gaps” — the deep disparities that exist in access to quality educational resources, particularly for low-income students and students of color. For more information:

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